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Pledge play

Behind Markey’s criticism of Gomez is a goal to keep his coffers fuller

It didn’t take long for Ed Markey to drag Karl Rove and the Koch brothers — the Democrats’ favorite whipping boys — into the Bay State’s special Senate election.

On primary night, Markey accused Gabriel Gomez, his Republican rival, of welcoming the big, bad wolves of conservative activism into Massachusetts. By refusing to take “the people’s pledge” and limit outside funding, Markey said Gomez would guarantee an election polluted by “special interest, undisclosed, unlimited money from around the rest of our country.”

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